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July 30, 2006

Jonah "Da Pretzel"

(Posted by John.)

On the news that, unsurprisingly, Mel Gibson is a nasty anti-semite:

Even the most  favorable interpretation of events  possible — which would include a theory that he was never anti-Semitic until he was villified for making the Passion —  still leaves Gibson looking like a man with some very sad demons.

It's so very satisfying to watch the right twist itself nine different ways to yell at the left for being anti-semitic over Israel and Lebanon, while working to excuse actually-existing anti-semites like Gibson.  See, he never would've said nasty things if the Anti-Defamation League hadn't "vilified" him by pointing out that he was, y'know, anti-semitic.

Moral clarity at work.  Mind your feet, the BS is ankle-deep.

It's worth noting that while Gibson specifically apologized to the deputies involved at his arrest, he couldn't take a second to specifically apologize for his "fucking Jews" comment.

Thanks, I'll skip Apocalypto.

July 30, 2006 | Permalink


What's bothering me is the whole he's "human" argument. What does that mean? I mean Stalin was human too. So is Michael Moore. So what. Do they think what he said was reprensible or not? Do they find his non apology apology sufficient. None core issue is dealt with. Basically, as I recently told a friend of mine, I think the right just makes shit up. The sooner we realize it and move on - the better.

Posted by: akaison | Jul 30, 2006 12:53:28 PM

Moral clarity at work. Mind your feet, the BS is ankle-deep.


Posted by: Shakespeare's Sister | Jul 30, 2006 1:17:40 PM

What if Apocalypto ends up being really good?

Posted by: PapaJijo | Jul 30, 2006 5:29:15 PM

Luci's Little Boy wet his pants on this one. Again.

One of either two things has happened:

1. Luci's Little Boy is a Conservative first and a man of religious faith in last name only;

2. Luci's Little Boy is a man of great religious faith - except when there's money on the table.

In either case, Luci's Little Boy proves only that he is a hypocrite. In his late-father's name. Again.

Notice how Luci's Little Boy always refers to his late pop, but never offers a word about mum. Hmm, I smell the rank stench of Luci's Little Boy further devolving into the Anthony Marshall of his generation.

Although I should quickly and profoundly apologize to Mrs. Brooke Astor. I am truly and deeply sorry. Everyone knows Lucianne Goldberg is not fit to clean the droppings behind your two fine dogs much less to be mentioned in the same sentence with a woman like yourself who has devoted portions of nine decades to our nation and our needy. To equate you, Mrs. Astor, even remotely, even tangentially with something like the aforementioned Mrs. Goldberg is offensive to one and all.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 30, 2006 7:11:33 PM

I'm almost looking forward to seeing Apocalypto. Well, renting the DVD in a couple of years. I felt the same way about the Narnia movie, and I'm sure I'll get around to seeing it by 2010 or so.

I have to admit that I'm fascinated with the Mayan culture--who wouldn't want to see a movie filmed entirely in Yucatec?

Posted by: mwg | Jul 30, 2006 7:16:52 PM

About then he couldn't have even been accurately called an asshole : that gets rid of shit.

Posted by: opit | Jul 30, 2006 8:00:02 PM

It's hard to believe anyone would try to justify that. Pretending that a grown person would become anti-Semetic based on some fairly polite criticism of his movie (which went on to make millions) is pathetic.

As to Mel's career ... well. Apocalypto was well named on that front. He could lure in the devoted with the story of Christ, even in Aramaic. I'm pretty sure Mayan is going to overtax most viewers.

Posted by: Magenta | Jul 30, 2006 9:47:17 PM

Shame on you Ezra. As a progressive, you should be able to seperate the value of the art from the personal failings of the artist. The movie should stand on its own, regardless of the wretchedness of Gibson's personal life.

Posted by: exhuming mccarthy | Jul 31, 2006 11:59:04 AM

As a progressive, you should be able to seperate the value of the art from the personal failings of the artist

Yes, but the question is whether or not you want to support the artist financially.

I'll pick up free clothes from Walmart if there's ok and someone leaves them on a stoop, but there's no way in hell I'd ever give Walmart my money.

Posted by: Karl the GM | Jul 31, 2006 7:57:10 PM

...there's no way in hell I'd ever give Walmart my money.

I'm sure WalMart is suffering from your boycott as is Mr. Gibson.

Have I ever told you the "flea and the elephant" story?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 2, 2006 7:49:20 AM

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